‘Sports, Sexuality, and International Politics: Sochi 2014’

Date / Time

March 19, 2014

12:00 pm


Two Winter Olympic volunteers affiliated with UIC will share their behind-the-scenes accounts, speak to the political atmosphere surrounding the games, and discuss how they turned volunteer opportunities into educational experiences during an upcoming talk presented by UIC’s Global Learning Community program.

Brittany James, a 2013 UIC graduate in Russian, and Cai O’Connell, an Honors College junior majoring in Russian and political science, served as volunteers during the 2014 Olympic Games held in Sochi, Russia.

James was an intern with the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, while O’Connell served as an intern for NBC Universal’s hospitality guide program.

Issues related to the environment, human rights and Russia’s law on gay “propaganda” will also be examined in the discussion moderated by Colleen McQuillen, associate professor of Slavic and Baltic languages and literatures, who teaches a course on protest and counterculture in post-Soviet Russia.

Admission is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, March 18. For more information or to RSVP, call (312) 355-0867 or email glc@las.uic.edu.

Event co-sponsors are the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and its School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics.

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